Smith, Kershaw, Norris, and James are substance-free residence halls. These substance-free communities provide new and returning students with an additional measure of support via a community where members commit to living a substance-free lifestyle. Community members who voluntarily choose substance-free housing are committed to that choice and believe it is significant to their success at Grinnell. Students who choose to live in substance-free housing do so for a variety of reasons, including health, personal values, family influence, and impact by addiction and recovery in family or friends’ lives and/or in one’s own life. Though students living in substance-free communities are not required to refrain from using those substances outside of their community, they are expected to respect the choices of others within the hall by not negatively effecting the community upon their return.

The number of spaces within substance-free housing is limited, but the College is committed to providing a substance-free living space for any incoming student who requests this option. Incoming students are able to request this option by logging in to their application status page and completing their online roommate preference form.